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20th August 2014

The Orange Juice and Cardiovascular Disease Study

We need your help on the Orange Juice and Cardiovascular Disease Study Over 2 million people are affected by heart disease in the UK each year. Diet and lifestyle choices are major factors in deciding how likely we are to develop a problem. There is evidence...


5th August 2014

Machine learning advances help to tackle cancer

A new technique has been developed at the Institute of Food Research, which is helping to understand how epigenetic marks relate to the risk of developing cancer. Epigenetic marks are changes to our genome, that don’t alter the genes themselves but affect whether they...


24th July 2014

Fighting bacteria – with viruses

Research published in PLOS Pathogens reveals how viruses called bacteriophages destroy the bacterium Clostridium difficile (C. diff), which is becoming a serious problem in hospitals and healthcare institutes, due to its resistance to antibiotics. The study, by scientists at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory...


23rd July 2014

Life Sciences Minister tours The Biorefinery Centre

George Freeman MP, Minister for Life Sciences, concluded a visit to the Norwich Research Park on 23rd July with a session at the Biorefinery Centre. He engaged in state-of-the-art biomass-to-biofuel processing activities with an active demonstration of the steam explosion plant, and had discussions...


22nd July 2014

New analysis of how we metabolise folic acid risks overexposure

A new study has shown that synthetic folic acid, the form taken in folic acid supplements we can buy over the counter, is not processed by the body in the same way as natural folates, the form found in green vegetables. This can lead...


3rd July 2014

Year 10 students gets Insight into the life of a scientist

15 year old student Phoebe Ellwood from Framingham Earl High Scoool has been spending the week on the Year 10 Science Camp, which is designed to give an inspirational insight into life as a scientist at the Norwich Research Park. She spent part of...


26th June 2014

Cutting sugar intake

The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN)  has today published its draft report on Carbohydrates and Health. Public Health England (PHE) have also published a response, ‘Sugar Reduction: Responding to the Challenge.’ Ian Johnson, from the Institute of Food Research, is a member of the...


17th June 2014

Optimising mushroom spawn production in Uganda

Scientists at the Institute of Food Research are helping in the expansion and diversification of mushroom cultivation in Uganda. A new two year project ultimately aims to improve the diets of Ugandans, increase the incomes of local farmers and create a sustainable trade through...


16th June 2014

Don’t wash raw chicken – Food Safety Week 2014

The Institute of Food Research fully backs the Food Standards Agency’s call for people to stop washing raw chicken, to reduce the risk of contracting Campylobacter. The message, being launched in Food Safety Week, is a crucial part in a strategy to reduce the...


5th June 2014

Bacillus cereus

Bacillus cereus are bacteria that cause serious illness in humans. Many cases of illness related to Bacillus cereus are caused by eating contaminated foods. The recent tragic cases involving babies in neonatal units are extremely unusual, as it appears the infections were through intravenous...


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